Friday, August 30, 2013

Mystic Dreams and Dusty Roads By Robert Valleau GIVEAWAY!



Feisty twelve-year-old Peep Holler finds living with her single alcoholic father challenging as she struggles with puberty, faith and unforeseen tragedies at the beginning of the Oklahoma Dust Bowl years. But her greatest challenge yet lies just ahead. One day, Peep innocently uncovers a dark secret which drives her further from her estranged father, and, if revealed, could rip apart her best friend's family. While Peep copes with this secret, however, an untimely event occurs that alters her life perception . . . and sets her on a course that affects entire generations.
 
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Bob​ has over 25 years of writing experience for the Christian market. His writing career began, in the 1980s, when he worked for a Christian publishing company for their book department. Since then, he has worked as a full-time staff writer for two international ministries and was once named "Christian Writer of the Year," San Antonio, Texas, by the American Christian Writers Association. Bob's credits include writing for Christian radio/television and the Internet. He has contributed to three books and has written numerous magazine and newspaper articles.

Readers are you ready for a life changing book? Here it is. Bob has wrote a story you will not forget.
 You all will feel for Peep and you are going to say wow these characters seem like people that I know. The setting of the story is so unforgettable and real.
A great story of friendships.
I think that Bob is an author to watch out for.
I  gave this book 5 stars and I recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Memory's Door By James Rubart Giveaway!



The prophecy brought them together. But the Wolf has risen, and now their greatest battle begins.
The four members of Warriors Riding have learned to wage war in the supernatural, to send their spirits inside people’s souls, to battle demonic forces, and to bring deep healing to those around them.
But their leader Reece is struggling with the loss of his sight. Brandon is being stalked at his concerts by a man in the shadows. Dana’s career is threatening to bury her. And Marcus questions his sanity as he seems to be slipping in and out of alternate realities.
And now the second part of the prophecy has come true. The Wolf is hunting them and has set his trap. He circles, feeding on his supernatural hate of all they stand for. And he won’t stop until he brings utter destruction to their bodies . . . and their souls.
 
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I've been a professional marketer since 1994 through my company Barefoot Marketing, but my passion is writing fiction.

I'm also a photographer, guitarist, professional speaker, golfer, and semi-pro magician. I live in the Northwest with the world's most perfect wife and my two almost-perfect sons. No, I don't sleep much. You can catch up more with me at www.jimrubart.com or www.barefootmarketing.com.

Do you like a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat? If you answered YES then you must pick up a copy of Memory's Door.
This is the sequel to Soul's Gate, and you do NOT want to miss this book.
James has out done himself with this book. What a breath taking book. I think James was called to write such powerful books.
This book leaves you wanting more of James' writing.
I gave this book 5 stars. I recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

SUPER GIVEAWAY!




Love Appleseed Creek? Here's your chance to win the first three novels and more!

The basket includes:
-Homemade Amish candle
-Homemade Amish Honey Shea Butter Soap...
- a Jar of Honey from Amish Country
- a Lantern
- the Appleseed Creek Mystery Series: A Plain Death, A Plain Scandal, and A Plain Disappearance

Super September continues to celebrate the release of Amanda Flower's aka Isabella Alan, author's next three mysteries!

A Plain Disappearance, the 3rd Appleseed Creek mystery, release September 1st. Preorder now: http://tinyurl.com/ktj5npn

Murder, Plain and Simple, the 1st Amish Quilt Shop mystery, release September 3rd. Preorder now: http://tinyurl.com/k6rgetw

ANDI UNEXPECTED, the 1st Andi Boggs mystery for children ages 8-12, release September 24th. Preorder now: http://tinyurl.com/k3mypoh
 
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When Mountains Move By Julie Cantrell Giveaway!



It is the spring of 1943. With a wedding and a cross-country move, Millie’s world is about to change forever.
 
If only her past could change with it.
 
Soon after the break of day, Bump will become Millie’s husband. And then, if all goes as planned, they will leave the rain-soaked fields of Mississippi and head for the wilds of the Colorado Rockies. As Millie tries to forget a dark secret, she hasn’t yet realized how drastically those past experiences will impact the coming days.
For most of Millie’s life, being free felt about as unlikely as the mountains moving. But she’s about to discover that sometimes in life, we are given second chances, and that the only thing bigger than her past … is her future.
 
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A speech language pathologist and literacy advocate, New York Times best-selling author Julie Cantrell was most recently editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review. She is author of the best-selling book Into the Free and two children’s books. Julie and her family live in Mississippi where they operate Valley House Farm.

The characters in the book feel like real everyday people that you are friends with.
What a fantastic book about love and forgiveness.  I read it this book from cover to cover once I sat down with it.
No wander Julie is a New York Times bestselling author she has a ton of talent.
You do NOT want to miss this unforgettable heartwarming book.
I gave this book 5 stars. I recommend picking up a copy!
I was given a copy of this book by Wynn Wynn Media for my honest review.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Unforeseeable By Nancy Mehl GIVEAWAY!



Mystery, Romance, and Suspense Seamlessly Combined in a Mennonite Small-Town Setting

Callie Hoffman knows she has a good life in Kingdom, Kansas. She's thrilled to be engaged to Levi Housler, the new pastor of Kingdom Mennonite Church, and she spends her days working with her friend and soon-to-be sister-in-law, Lizzie Housler, at Cora's Cafe.

However, Callie's idyllic life is interrupted when a body is discovered on the road outside Kingdom and the deceased turns out to be a victim of a serial killer. As Washington County's new sheriff begins questioning Kingdom residents, Callie and the rest of the town are appalled at the prospect of a killer among them. The very reason Kingdom exists is to protect the people from the temptations and dangers of the outside world, but all the town founders' attempts to plan ahead couldn't prevent a threat like this.

Unsettled at this unforeseen danger, Callie is concerned when it appears Levi knows more than he's telling. Desperate to find answers for herself, Callie never expected that she'd have to face some of her own past's skeletons.

As Callie and the residents of Kingdom fear this danger for which they never planned, they must learn anew that only God knows the future and their trust must always lie in Him.
 
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Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. She's authored thirteen books and is currently at work on a new romantic suspense series for Bethany House Publishing.

All of Nancy's novels have an added touch - something for your spirit as well as your soul. "I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing," Nancy says. "It's a part of me and of everything I think or do. God is number one in my life. I wouldn't be writing at all if I didn't believe that this is what He's called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan especially for your life, and there is nothing you can't overcome with His help." She and her husband attend Believer's Tabernacle in Wichita.

You can find out more about Nancy by visiting her Web site at: www.nancymehl.com or her blog at: www.nancymehl.blogspot.com. You can also find her on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/nancy.mehl?fref=ts
 
I love a great whodoneit but boy it is so hard to find a good one anymore. Will here is one talented author that sure knows how to write a fantastic mystery.
You will never guess who the murder is. Nancy keeps you on the edge of your seat guessing. And she incorporates the Mennonites which makes it even better.
You will not put this book down until you have read the very last page.
I really enjoyed this whole series and I am very sad to see it end. I can not wait until Nancy's next book.
I have given this book 5 stars and I highly recommend this book. This was my favorite book in the  Road to Kingdom series.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Monday, August 26, 2013

On Distant Shores By Sarah Sundin GIVEAWAY!



Lt. Georgiana Taylor has everything she could want. A comfortable boyfriend back home, a loving family, and a challenging job as a flight nurse. But in July 1943, Georgie's cozy life gets decidedly more complicated when she meets pharmacist Sgt. John Hutchinson. Hutch resents the lack of respect he gets as a noncommissioned serviceman and hates how the war keeps him from his fiancée. While Georgie and Hutch share a love of the starry night skies over Sicily, their lives back home are falling apart. Can they weather the hurt and betrayal? Or will the pressures of war destroy the fragile connection they've made?

With her signature attention to detail and her talent for bringing characters together, Sarah Sundin pens another exciting tale in her series featuring WWII flight nurses. Fans new and old will find in On Distant Shores the perfect combination of emotion, action, and romance.
 
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Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. The Wings of the Nightingale series (With Every Letter, 2012, On Distant Shores, August 2013, and In Perfect Time, August 2014) follows three World War II flight nurses as they find love, friendship, and peril in the skies and on the shores of the Mediterranean. The Wings of Glory series (A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow) follows three brothers who are B-17 bomber pilots during World War II.

Sundin lives in northern California with her husband, three children, an antisocial cat, and a yellow lab bent on destroying her writing career. When she isn't driving kids to tennis and karate, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women's Bible studies. She belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Authors Network, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. In 2011 she received the Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Readers Choice Awards and was featured on Booklist's Top Ten Inspirational Fiction List for 2010. Please visit Sarah's website at http://www.sarahsundin.com

If you love reading about romance and drama then you are going to really enjoy This second book in the Wings of a Nightingale series.  Sarah has written a very good book of the World War II era.
This was a first book for me by Sarah and I must say I hope to read her next book.
It was not your typical World War II book. It is choke full of surprises, you are sure to not see a lot of  things coming.
This book is rich in history.
I gave this book 5 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Radier's Vendetta By Karen Arnpriester GIVEAWAY!



A Riveting Christian Thriller
Have your beliefs been challenged so dramatically that it could mean life or death? Charley’s were. She found herself pitted against a vicious man, a man who hated God with an absolute fury. She represented the heartache, abandonment, shame and pain that Raider endured in the name of religion. Charley was the perfect target for his vendetta against God.
Have you been left alone in a nightmare, calling out for help, but no one came? Raider was. The people and circumstances throughout his life taught Raider that if there was a God, He was indifferent and cruel, no better than his own earthly father.
If you experienced the miraculous, would you fall to your knees and trust your Creator or would your human emotions and entitlement for justice determine your responses?  Charley’s pride and anger placed her in peril. Heaven provided protection and provision through miracles, but Heaven could not protect Charley from herself.
If you witnessed the miraculous, would you believe? Raider wouldn't. His anger had destroyed all possibility of hope.
Could you forgive the unforgivable? Would you put your tormentor’s life before your own, even if they intended to take yours?  Charley could.  Her faith allowed her to eventually see her enemy through God’s eyes.
Charley and Raider, opposite ends of the spiritual spectrum, collided and discovered truths that changed them forever. This story examines tough questions that many Christians must ultimately resolve, the questions that keep many of God’s children estranged from Him.
Raider’s Vendetta is a journey that will touch your soul. A story that will inspire you to evaluate your relationship with God and the people in your life. This is a powerful message of forgiveness and salvation. The author, Karen Arnpriester, prays that this book will open hearts and minds to the limitless God who is our Father. 
 
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Karen Slimick Arnpriester (October 1953) was born in Alton, Illinois and moved to California when she was eight. Karen has owned her own graphic art business for twenty years. Anessia's Quest is her first book. Her second book, Raider's Vendetta is now available.

Please visit Karen's website karenskoncepts.com. You will find pages for both books with synopsis, reviews and first twelve chapters as free download. Karen's blog page "My Thoughts" is also available at her site.

http://www.facebook.com/karen.slimickarnpriester
https://twitter.com/KarenArnpriester
karnpriester@gmail.com
 
This was a very emotional read for me. A great story on faith and forgiveness.
I disliked the characters and liked the characters, just as I am sure you will to. 
Wait until you get into this book there are so many twists you will never see the ending coming.
Am so happy that Karen did a rewrite on this book and made it more reader friendly for the Christian market.
It just goes to show God still moves in our lives. God nudged Karen to rewrite this story to minister to people about Gods love.
I think now is a good time for all of you book lovers to give Karen's book a try. This is Karen's second book. I can't wait to see what she writes about in her next book.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Amish Quilt GIVEAWAY!

It’s SUPER SEPTEMBER! Amanda Flower (also writing as Isabella Alan) has three novels releasing in September 2013. To celebrate, she is giving away an authentic Amish Quilt hand-stitched by Amish in Holmes County, Ohio.
 
 
 
Enter to Win an Authentic Amish Quilt from author Amanda Flower! Click here to Enter!
 
 
 I will be posting  reviews and GIVEAWAYS of all three books in the next two weeks!
 
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For Every Season By Cindy Woodsmall GIVEAWAY!



Working hard to develop a new Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is fully committed to rehabilitating an orchard with business partner Samuel King. But an impulsive decision has created an unexpected strain in her relationship with her beau, Samuel’s brother, Jacob, threatening plans for the orchard. Amidst mounting tension in matters of the heart and business, Rhoda finds that this fledging settlement feels like the home she has always longed for, and she begins to embrace the God-given, heightened intuition that has always felt like a burden to her. She longs for Jacob to fully be free of his past, so they can work towards the future together.
 
But as Rhoda uses her gift to unpack an old secret with her Englisch neighbors, it is not her beau but an unlikely ally that cheers her on. With the orchard on shaky ground and Jacob’s plans in question, Rhoda is determined to see things through to harvest. But can she trust her insight to direct her path in matters of the heart?
 
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Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times, CBA, ECPA, and USA Today best-selling author who has written a dozen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal,and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as the second most popular author of Amish fiction, following Beverly Lewis.

She's a veteran homeschool mom who no longer holds that position. As her children progressed in age, her desire to write grew stronger. After working through reservations whether this desire was something she should pursue, she began her writing journey. Her husband was her staunchest supporter as she aimed for what seemed impossible.

She's won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer's Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings' Best Books of the Year. She's been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.

Her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity. Though she didn't realize it at the time, seeds were sown years ago that began preparing Cindy to write these books. At the age of ten, while living in the dairy country of Maryland, she became best friends with Luann, a Plain Mennonite girl. Luann, like all the females in her family, wore the prayer Kapp and cape dresses. Her parents didn't allow television or radios, and many other modern conveniences were frowned upon. During the numerous times Luann came to Cindy's house to spend the night, her rules came with her and the two were careful to obey them--afraid that if they didn't, the adults would end their friendship. Although the rules were much easier to keep when they spent the night at Luann's because her family didn't own any of the forbidden items, both sets of parents were uncomfortable with the relationship and a small infraction of any kind would have been enough reason for the parents to end the relationship. While navigating around the adults' disapproval and the obstacles in each other's lifestyle, the two girls bonded in true friendship that lasted into their teen years, until Cindy's family moved to another region of the US.

As an adult, Cindy became friends with a wonderful Old Order Amish family who opened their home to her. Although the two women, Miriam and Cindy, live seven hundred miles apart geographically, and a century apart by customs, when they come together they never lack for commonality, laughter, and dreams of what only God can accomplish through His children. Over the years Cindy has continued to make wonderful friendships with those inside the Amish and Mennonite communities--from the most conservative ones to the most liberal.

Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now empty nest.

If you'd like more information or to contact her, you can go to her website: http://www.cindywoodsmall.com or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorcindywoodsmall

If you loved the first two books in the Amish Vines and Orchards series you are in for a real treat with this last one. It was by far the best!
You will not be able to put it down. This series was such a great escape to the long summer days. I loved getting away in this book.
I have to say I gave it 5 stars. I highly recommend this book as well as the whole series. But then again who am I fooling I love all of Cindy's Amish fiction.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Perfect By David Gosnell GIVEAWAY!




Jesus had an intimate relationship with His Father. Jesus pointed out that "the Father and I are one" (John 10:30), and He prayed that His followers would have that same closeness with the one who loved them. Jesus desires that we all build a personal relationship with our heavenly Father. Do you long for a closer walk with God? If so, then Perfect* can show you how to establish and develop an intimate relationship with Him. Join pastor and teacher David Rex Gosnell on an awe-inspiring journey though the Model Prayer, also called the Lord's Prayer, and learn why Jesus stressed this prayer as the key to communicating with God. With warmth and grace, Gosnell uses experiences from his own life to illustrate why prayer is so essential to our relationship with God. He draws on key verses in the Bible to show the numerous times Jesus urged his disciples to turn to prayer, proving that there was a direct connection between Jesus' prayers and God's power. Each chapter includes a summary and questions for further reflection and personal or group study. Experience God's kingdom, power, and glory by embarking on an intimate and enduring relationship with your heavenly Father. Let Perfect* lead the way!
 
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David Rex Gosnell is the former pastor of New Hope Community Church in Dunedin, Florida. He is a lifelong Bible student and teacher. His secular career was primarily in the information technology industry, where he excelled at leading teams and supporting customers.

Having worked both inside and outside the church, David brings a unique perspective to the issues that Christians face today. He devotes his time to writing, preaching and speaking. His first book, Perfect*, was published in March 2013.

David and his wife of 25+ years, Mary, have four children and three grandchildren. They live in Dunedin, where he teaches an adult Bible study and leads the men's ministry at his church.

 The pastor that wrote this book really knows what he is talking about. There is a ton of meat in this book to chew on.
I hope that all of my blog readers pick up a copy of this book.
Don't we all strive to have more intimacy with God? This book lays it all out on the line, and at the end of every chapter is a fantastic chapter summary as well as a personal or group study.
 If you want to have perfect intimacy with God then you must pick up a copy of this book. Be sure to have your Bible close by and look up all of the scripture as well.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.
 
 
Also some of you are winning books but not e-mailing me your mailing address and I am having to do another drawing and give the book to someone else. Please make sure that I have your mailing address. You can e-mail me it at themaryreader@yahoo.com  Thanks!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Winter in Full Bloom By Anita Higman Giveaway!





Lily Winter's wings are folded so tightly around her daughter that when empty nest arrives, she feels she can no longer fly. But Lily's lonely, widowed life changes in a heartbeat when she goes to visit a woman who is almost a stranger to her-a woman who also happens to be her mother. During their fiery reunion, her mother reveals a dark family secret that she'd been hiding for decades-Lily has an identical twin sister who was put up for adoption when they were just babies.
 Without looking back, Lily-with her fear of flying-boards a jumbo jet and embarks on a quest to find her sister which leads half way around the world to Melbourne, Australia. Befriended by imprudent Ausie, he might prove to be the key to finding her sister. But her journey becomes a circle that leads her back home to attempt a family reunion and to find the one dream she no longer imagined possible-the chance to fall in love again.
 
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Award-winning author, Anita Higman, has twenty-five books published (several coauthored) for adults and children, and she has been honored as a Barnes & Noble Author of the Month for Houston. Anita has a BA degree, combining communication, psychology, and art. Her favorite things include exotic teas, movies, and all things Jane Austen. To contact Anita or enter her monthly contest for a free signed book please visit her website at www.anitahigman.com. 

Don't let the pretty peaceful cover fool you. This book is anything but pretty.
It is such a wonderful story about a dysfunctional family like no other.
There has never been a story wrote like this one.
I could not put it down once I cracked open the first page.
This had the best ending one I will not soon forget. I am sure you will find the ending of this book one that you will thinking about long after to have finished reading the last page.
Anita wrote a book that everyone will fall in love with.
I gave this book 5 stars times two.
I HIGHLY recommend this book!
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Also some of you are winning books but not e-mailing me your mailing address and I am having to do another drawing and give the book to someone else. Please make sure that I have your mailing address. You can e-mail me it at themaryreader@yahoo.com  Thanks!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Not by Sight By Kathy Herman 5 Copies to GIVEAWAY!





Her Sister Couldn’t Be Alive … Could She?
 
It had to be Riley Jo. She was certain. . .wasn’t she? But when Abby Cummings tells her mother she thought she saw her sister at the store, her mother quickly dismisses the idea. After all, Riley Jo and their father had been missing for years. Presumably dead. Yet Abby cannot ignore her intuition. Telling her friend J. D., they investigate. But J. D. may know more about the disappearance than he’s telling, or even realizes. And as they work to uncover what happened, all they have to go on is blind faith. Will it be enough. . .especially considering what the truth might be?
 
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Kathy Herman is no stranger to the Christian publishing industry. Before becoming a bestselling author and award-winning poet, Kathy worked on staff at the Christian Booksellers Association for five years. She gained eleven years of bookstore experience as a children's products specialist and drew on that expertise to conduct related seminars in the U.S. and Canada.

Kathy quickly rose to the rank of bestselling author when her first novel, TESTED BY FIRE, became a CBA bestseller shortly after its release. Since then, eight more of her novels have claimed the title of bestseller: ALL THINGS HIDDEN, THE REAL ENEMY, THE LAST WORD, THE RIGHT CALL,FALSE PRETENSES,DANGEROUS MERCY, RELENTLESS PURSUIT and NOT BY SIGHT.

Her contemporary, fast-paced novels weave inspirational messages into the storyline so effectively that a college professor in Houston utilized her books as required reading to educate students on the value of teaching through fiction. Kathy's books have also been widely used in book club discussion and Bible study groups.

Kathy and her husband Paul live in East Texas and have three grown children, five "nearly perfect" grandchildren, and an adorable cat named Samantha. Her hobbies include photography and bird watching--especially an ongoing fascination with hummingbirds.

I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading suspense mystery type books. Kathy Herman is a gifted suspense author.
This will not be the last book I read by Kathy, I will be sure to look out for all of her upcoming books.
Kathy's characters are very well developed and are sure to captivate you until the very end of the book.
I gave this book 4 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by a friend to read and review.

Wynn - Wynn  Media has offered to give 5 copies of this book away to 5 of my blog followers! Be sure to leave a comment.

Also some of you are winning books but not e-mailing me your mailing address and I am having to do another drawing and give the book to someone else. Please make sure that I have your mailing address. You can e-mail me it at themaryreader@yahoo.com  Thanks!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Whispers on the Dock By Evangeline Kelley GIVEAWAY!





Three sisters. A charming inn. Hints of mystery and romance. And a gorgeous seaside setting. Escape to Misty Harbor Inn.
As Nantucket reaches the pinnacle of its summer glory, and the Marris sisters welcome guests at Misty Harbor Inn, youngest sister Sam Carter enters her mother's cobbler recipe in the Summerfest baking contest. But she faces a formidable opponent, a past winner who is determined to keep her title even if it means stooping to dirty tactics. Can Sam's newfound faith help her rise above the fray and reach out to this lonely woman? Meanwhile, an elderly guest arrives who knows the inn's history, and the sisters are stunned to learn that their late mother lived there as a child. But she told them she'd never been to Nantucket until her honeymoon! Through the woman's reminiscences and photos, the sisters make an intriguing discovery -- not only about the mysterious Hannah Montague, the young woman who disappeared from the house in 1880, but also about their own family history.
Readers will delight in the inviting Nantucket setting and be enthralled by the adventures of these sisters who reunite to bring their mother's Misty Harbor dreams to life.
 
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Evangeline Kelley is the pen name for the writing team of Patti Berg, Pam Hanson & Barbara Andrews, and Camy Tang, who collaborated to create Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn. Each of them has published novels individually, but this is their first series together. Other books in the series include Seaside Harmony and Sunflower Summer.


I must say that I really enjoyed this book and the mystery of Hannah.
All three books in this series Postcards from Misty Harbor Inn were fantastic books. It is very hard to believe that four authors came together to write such great books.
I was very happy to get to the bottom of the Hannah mystery in the last book in the series.
I highly recommend this book as well as the first two in the series. This is fast easy read, that you are sure to LOVE.
I gave this book 5 stars
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

One More Dance By Valentine Cardinale GIVEAWAY!



Just published, One More Dance is a powerful tale about two people looking for love, a family in crisis, and the search for a mysterious assailant. After Julian Case, a Manhattan realtor and widower, meets Alegra Rossini, a university professor and single mom, at a wedding in Italy, he's confident he's found new love. On the plane back to the States he's already making plans to see her again. But when he enters his home in New Jersey, he discovers his son has been savagely attacked and left for dead. Fearing that whoever beat the young man into a coma will try to finish the job, Julian puts his life on hold to assist in the investigation to find the assailant. And so the mystery begins, taking the first of many telling twists and turns. Who did it? Is there a likely suspect? Will the attacker strike again? Can a father unlock the secret connection and find his son's attacker before it's too late? Will Julian lose his chance at new love as he throws himself into the chase? In Italy, Alegra, who feels as strongly about Julian as he feels about her, can only continue teaching, caring for her eight-year-old daughter, and hoping. Will she let real love slip away from her? Can she wait as Julian deals with a family crisis that may take months, or years, to resolve while she struggles to get on with her life? The quest to find new love after the death of a spouse is understandable and a universal concern. But when it conflicts with a grave family matter, does it have to take a back seat? Should Julian be denied the chance for one more dance in his life?
 
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Valentine Cardinale, a graduate of Iona College and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, enjoyed a successful career as the editor of leading magazines in the advertising and pharmacy fields before writing fiction. One More Dance is his third novel, following The West Side Kid (2009) and The Terranovas: A War Family (2005). Val lives in New Jersey. Visit him at www.vcardinale.com.

This is a mystery book or detective like  story. If you are a fan of mysteries you just might enjoy this fast read. It is a short story 208 pages.
You can read in a couple of hours on a lazy afternoon.
Mr. Cardinale is a new author and the book reflects that a little.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review. 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Forever Friday By Timothy Lewis GIVEAWAY!






Every Friday, a postcard.
Every Friday, a love poem.
Every Friday for sixty years.

Adam Colby is just doing his job, sorting through the unsold Alexander belongings after the estate sale. He is unprepared for what he finds in an old photo album, overlooked by the bargain hounds and treasure hunters—six decades of postcards and poems from Gabe Alexander to his wife, Pearl. The mystery of the Alexanders’ love entices Adam, a man unhinged by divorce and puzzled by the depth of commitment that he finds in the unabashedly romantic cards.

Forever Friday invites you to travel back in time to the early twentieth century Texas Coastal Bend where a young couple—Gabe and Pearl Alexander—are swept up in a miraculous love. As the heartwarming,  pulse-quickening story of their relationship develops through Gabe’s poems, the Alexanders reveal a new way to consider what it means to be truly devoted to each other. Could the secrets of their love affair, laid to rest twenty years ago, hold the key to one man’s future?


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TIMOTHY LEWIS is an author and playwright. He has authored more than twenty plays/musicals. In addition, he teaches a beginning novel writing class at West Texas A&M University and co-directs a summer writing academy. Timothy is also a professional speaker, cowboy poet, actor, and songwriter. He drew inspiration for Forever Friday from the postcards sent between his great-aunt and great-uncle over a period of sixty years. He lives with his wife near Amarillo, Texas.

I had a hard time getting into this book. It was all over the place. I think is was because every few chapters was from the past and every few chapters was the present.
I did however really enjoy the poems.  At the beginning of all the chapters that are the past there is a poem that was on the post cards and they were the sweetest. What women doesn't want a man to write her poetry, and every Friday for sixty years. Timothy sure is a romantic at heart. He is a very good poet. Gabe and Huck will stay with you long after you read their story.
I gave this book 4 stars.
I was given a copy of the book by the publisher for my honest review.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Amish Seamstress By Leslie Gould & Mindy Clark





Bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould provide an unexpected surprise in The Amish Seamstress, Book 4 in the Women of Lancaster County series, which tells the stories of young Amish women as they explore their roots, connect with family, and discover true love.
Izzy Mueller is an exceptional listener and gifted caregiver. She's also a talented seamstress. As the young woman sits with her elderly patients, she quietly sews as they share their stories. She's content with her life until circumstances reconnect her with someone she once loved. Zed Bayer, a Mennonite, is not what her family is hoping for in a spouse, and his creative interest in filmmaking is definitely at odds with her Amish upbringing.
As Izzy is swept up again in Zed and renews her friendship with his sister, Ella, she begins to ask questions about her own life--her creative longings and historical interests, her relationships and desire for romance, and most importantly, her faith. What is the path God has for her? Can she learn from the past of both her family's and Zed's--or must she forge a completely different future of her own?
 
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Mindy Starns Clark is the author of many books (more than 450,000 copies sold), which include A Pocket Guide to Amish Life, Shadows of Lancaster County, Whispers of the Bayou, and The Amish Midwife. In addition, Mindy is a popular inspirational speaker and playwright.

Leslie Gould, a former magazine editor, is the author of numerous novels, including Beyond the Blue and Garden of Dreams. She received her master of fine arts degree from Portland State University and lives in Oregon with her husband, Peter, and their four children.


Well this dynamic duo has done it again. They have wrote a fantastic Amish Romance that is sure to please the Amish  book lover in all of us.
This is book number four in the Women of Lancaster County series. I can not wait for these two to write another book together.
Don't miss this fantastic afternoon read.
I have to say I highly recommend this whole series.
I gave this book 5 stars.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Lydia's Hope By Marta Perry





Three Amish sisters, separated when very young, know nothing about one another—until a long-held secret is revealed.
With no memory of her birth parents, or the tragic accident that took their lives, Lydia Beachy has always been grateful for the aunt and uncle who took her in and raised her as their own. Now a married woman with two sons, Lydia finds her life turned upside down when she discovers that she has two younger sisters: Susanna, who was adopted by an Amish family in another community, and Chloe, who was raised by their grandmother among the Englisch.

Angry and confused, Lydia first seeks out Susanna but stops short of telling her the truth. To track down Chloe, she enlists the help of a neighbor who has spent some years in the Englisch world. Meanwhile, Lydia’s husband, Adam, is keeping a secret of his own. Lydia yearns to be united with the sisters she has never known, but will revealing herself to them tear their lives apart…or enrich them beyond all imagining?
 
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     I realized I wanted to be a writer at age eight, when I read my first Nancy Drew novel, The Secret of the Old Clock. Most little girl reach the end of that book wanting to be Nancy. I wanted to be the person who created the story!
The dream lay hidden for years while I became a teacher, married, had children...all the usual things. But eventually it re-surfaced, and I began to write, beginning with short children's stories for Sunday school take-home papers. It seemed a long time until that first acceptance, but eventually I began to sell. After some three hundred published short stories, I finally found the courage to work on the novel I'd always wanted to write.
Thirty-some published novels later, I still feel the same excitement every time I begin a new book--a mix of not believing I can do it combined with an overwhelming urge to see the story on the page.
A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and my own Pennsylvania Dutch roots eventually led me to the books I'm writing now about the Amish. The Pleasant Valley Amish series from Berkley Books are longer, more complex emotional stories with Amish main characters, while my forthcoming HQN suspense novels are more adventure-filled books set in Pennsylvania Dutch country. I'm also writing a Love Inspired series, The Bodine Family, set on the South Carolina coast where we have a second home.
When I'm not writing, I'm busy with church activities, traveling, and spending time with my three children and six beautiful grandchildren.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Teach your Children God's Message By Patricia McCuen GIVEAWAY!



God sternly and plainly stated, "You have to go back and tell." Somehow, I understood and already knew. I still did not know how I knew, but I knew and even replied, "Yes. I know. I have to tell." Shortly after leaving her fiancé parents home located in Derry, PA, Patricia Allen and her fiancé were crushed by a fully loaded coal truck. Patricia left her body twice at the scene of the accident. In the hospital when Patricia again left the pain of her severely injured body, she was held by God. She was shown a message she is to tell. Patricia's interpretation of what she was shown is not a new message but of one that is being greatly ignored. Teach the Child. "And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up" (Deuteronomy 11:19). Society suffers greatly by ignoring this message. How this message is shown gives an insight into the understanding of the Connections between God, Humanity, and Children.
 
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This was a very short book. So it was a fast read. But it had a powerful message.
It seems in the last year I have read a lot of memoirs and enjoyed them very much. So when asked to read and review this one I could not pass it up.
Sure am glad that I read it. All my friends need to pick up a copy of this to read, the message behind Patricia's story is one to be shared.
I gave this book 4 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

When Tumor is the Rumor and Cancer is the Answer By Kevin P. Ryan MD FACP GIVEAWAY!




"Superb! This thoroughly delightful book explores, explains, and puts in context our biggest fear- our own mortality! The very word "Cancer" evokes a primal fear that we are all mortal and will, at some point, die. My own experience, on a personal level with cancer, access ports, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and major surgery was very sobering! Dr Kevin Ryan has given us all a new perspective on how to live with and conquer our biggest fear! This book is a must read for anyone living with cancer, their families, and the entire treatment community. When Tumor is the Rumor, and Cancer is the Answer will help each of us to triumph over this experience, regardless of the outcome!"
-LT. Gen PK Carlton Jr. Surgeon General USAF (ret)
"A great cancer book should reduce anxiety with authority and comprehensive information helping those confronted marshal their internal resources and conquer their fears. Does such a book exist? You are about to read it"
-Maurie Markman MD FACP Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs & National Director of Medical Oncology Cancer Treatment Centers Of America. Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs and National Director of Medical Oncology, Cancer Treatment Centers Of America. Former Professor and Vice President of Clinical Research and Chairman of the Department of Gynecologic Medical Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center. Former Chairman of the Department of Hematology/Oncology and Director of the Taussig Cancer Center at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Former Vice-Chair, Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, New York
 
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Dr. Ryan graduated Phi beta Kappa, magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a BS in biology. He was awarded an NCI fellowship in immunopathology after two years of medical school and graduated from Georgetown Medical School, AOA magna cum laude. He then entered active duty in the USAF medical corps under the Health Professions Scholarship Program serving at various medical centers as Chief of Hematology Oncology and sub specialty medicine and Medical Director and Director of Tricare Region 10 Lead Agency. He served as special consultant to the commander at David Grant Medical Center Travis AFB and then Director of the Dutch Huyser Cancer Center. Dr. Ryan is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hematology/ Oncology and is a Fellow of the American College of physicians, a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and an emeritus member of the American Society of Hematology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians Executives and a member of Mensa and Intertel. He retired as a decorated full Colonel from the USAF and is a full Clinical Professor at UC Davis School of Medicine. He is the author of numerous research and clinical papers, book chapters and abstracts in Hematology/Oncology and has presented research at the regional and national level. After retirement Dr Ryan obtained degrees in music, wrote a bi weekly column for McNaughton newspapers and served on community commissions. He serves as a theatre judge and critic, as well as an occasional dramaturge for community theatre. He presently resides in Northern California with his wonderful wife, Pamela The author may be contacted at ryan_k@comcast.net
 
I got this book and read it in one day. Most of you know I have lost my whole family to cancer and recently I have had surgery for it myself. This is a book I wish my family had to read and I had before I went for my surgeries. It is a book to help calm your fears and anxiety.
The book is chalk full of fantastic information.
If you are someone you know has cancer this is a must read.
After reading this book I wish that Doctor Ryan was my oncologist. He really has it together and knows his stuff.
It is very sad to say but this is a much needed book in this day and time. I only wish that one day there will be no need for such a book when someone finds a cure for cancer but right now this is a book that most families should be reading.
I highly recommend this book.
I gave this book 5 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Awakened Love By Laura Hilton GIVEAWAY!



Twenty–one–year–old Katie Detweiler loves to bake. When she's hired at a local bed–and–breakfast to do just that, she's excited, especially because the owner promises the shy young woman that she won't have to leave the kitchen. But when her boss's husband requires round–the–clock care, Katie is forced to overcome her shyness and wait on customers, as well. Before long, a "customer" reveals himself to be a private investigator who informs Katie that she was adopted, and that her biological sister needs a bone marrow transplant.

A Man on the Run

Twenty–two–year–old Abram Hilty has fled the drama of Shipshewana, Indiana, for Seymour, Missouri, where he's staying with his cousin Micah Graber. His plan is to hide, from a girl he no longer cares about—and also from a cold–blooded killer. Uncomfortable sharing his past and afraid of the consequences, he buries his troubles deep inside. When he meets Katie Detweiler, he is immediately attracted, but his pursuit of her is complicated by the problems of his past.

An Adventure Unfolds

As Katie wrestles with questions of identity, she also struggles to navigate her blossoming romance with Abram, in the face of opposition from a jealous friend. As their relationship becomes more serious, Abram can no longer conceal the truth about his past. But parts of that past rear their heads, barring the way for a marriage between them—at least for now. Through dangers and near–death experiences, Katie and Abram must find their way back to each other. But only the power of forgiveness can bring them together for good.
 
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Laura Hilton graduated with a business degree from Ozarka Technical College in Melbourne, Arkansas. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, she is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with more than a thousand reviews published on the Web. Surrendered Love follows Healing Love in Laura's latest trilogy from Whitaker House. Her first series with Whitaker was The Amish of Seymour, comprising Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. Laura and her husband, Steve, have five children, whom Laura homeschools. The family makes their home in Arkansas. To learn more about Laura, read her reviews, and find out about her upcoming releases, readers may visit her blog at http://lighthouse–academy.blogspot.com/.


Laura has done it again. WoW what a fantastic book. I just can't tell you have wrapped up you get in Laura's books.
This is not a book to be missed. In fact this whole series Amish of Webster County is not to be missed.
I opened it up just to read a few pages, now who did I think I was kidding I sat and read all of it before I got up.
Now I have to sit back and wait for Laura to write another wonderful book.
I gave this book 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Fatal Illusions By Adam Blumer




An obsessive woman, a serial killer on the loose, and a sudden winter storm turn a sabbatical in the North Woods into a nightmare that the Thayer family may not escape alive.
 
An amateur magician, an unassuming family . . . a fatal illusion Haydon Owens wants to be the next Houdini. He has been practicing his craft and has already made four women disappear. All it took was a bit of rope and his two bare hands. The Thayer family has come to the north woods of Newberry, Michigan, looking for refuge, a peaceful sanctuary from a shattered past. But they are not alone. Little do they know that they are about to become part of Haydon's next act. Time is running out and already the killer has spotted his next victim. Who will escape alive? “Fatal Illusions is an engaging, fast-paced read with a captivating storyline that grabs you from page one and doesn't let go. Highly recommended!”-Mark Mynheir, homicide detective and author of The Night Watchman “An awesome ride!”-Rosey Dow, Christy Award winning author of Reaping the Whirlwind “Adam Blumer tells a fast-paced story that weaves together a serial killer, a physically wounded pastor and his spiritually wounded wife. The twists and turns will keep readers guessing.”-Rick Acker, author of Blood Brothers Adam Blumer graduated from Bob Jones University with a degree in a print journalism. Since childhood he has been writing stories and has since been published in a variety of periodicals. He lives in Michigan with his wife and their two daughters.
 
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Adam Blumer is the author of two suspense novels, Fatal Illusions (Kregel) and The Tenth Plague (Kirkdale Press). A print journalism major in college, he works full time from home as a freelance writer and editor after serving in editorial roles for more than twenty years. He lives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with his wife, Kim, and his daughters, Laura and Julia.

Let me tell you all something, I was given a copy of this book from a very sweet friend and follower blogger and I said I will read it when I get time. Because I did not know the author and the type of book it was. WoW what a surprise this book was once I picked it up I could not put it down I read it in one sitting it was so good.
Adam sure has a  way with words.
The ending was a surprise to me.
I really enjoyed it and I think you all will love it as well. Adam is sure to be one of your new favorite authors.
I gave this book 5 stars, I highly recommend this book.
I was given this book as a gift to read and enjoy.